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Power engineering is a sub-field of energy and electrical engineering with focus on generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power and allied accessories like generators, motors and transformers. A power engineer plans, designs, operates, renovates and maintains different systems in electric power generation, minimizes losses in transmission and improves efficiency of power distribution systems.

Career Opportunities in Power Engineering

  • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
    Power Engineers apply their domain knowledge and acumen to design systems and minimize power losses during generation, transmission and distribution. They coordinate with clients and consultants for all project activities.
  • Site Manager
    Site managers organize and lead regular site coordination meetings. They ensure the implementation of all planned activities at the site and enforce preventative safety measures.
  • Data Analyst/ Diagnostic Engineer
    Data Analysts define asset condition with health index of all high, medium & low voltage assets. They link current condition to performance, estimate future conditions, performance and remaining life. They also evaluate consequences of failures in across safety, network performance, sustainability and finance.
  • Maintenance Manager
    Maintenance Managers keep a check on the current systems and verify that they are being maintained properly.

How to Pursue a Career in Power Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech in Power Engineering for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech for 2-3 yearsPursue Ph.D for 2-3 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Power Engineering for 5 years-Pursue Ph.D for 2-3 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.

Leading Institutes

Top Power Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Mumbai
National Power Training Institute Multiple Locations
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Uttarakhand
GMR Institute of Technology Visakhapatnam
College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Punjab Punjab
Engineering Staff College Of India Hyderabad Telangana Andhara Pradesh
National Power Training Institute, Delhi Delhi
Pankaj Laddhad Institute Of Technology And Management Studies, Yelgaon, Maharashtra Maharashtra
WBUT: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology West Bengal
Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad (Maharashtra) Maharashtra
Mahatma Basaveshwar Education Society's College of Engineering, Ambajogai Maharashtra
Babsaheb Ambedkar Institute of Technology & Management New Delhi
Top Power Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Oregon Institute of Technology United States
University of California Berkeley United States
University of Texas Austin United States
University of Michigan United States
Stanford University United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
North Carolina State University United States
San Juan College United States
National University of Singapore Singapore
University of Oxford United Kingdom
Imperial College London United Kingdom

Power Engineering Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
National Engineering Aptitute Test (NEAT/NAT) June Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry,
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English
Education Promotion Society of India National Admission Test (ENAT) April/May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Admission Test for ICFAI Science & Technology (ATIT) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English
Indian Institute of Space & Technology Admission Test (ISAT) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam (MU-OEE) March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (Postgraduate) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering

Work Description

  • Explore & implement suitable techniques to design and develop renewable energy systems
  • Maintain network of components that convert various forms of energy into electricity
  • Ensure adherence to safety regulations and standards at power plants
  • Integrate green technology with existing power generation technology to minimize energy consumption
  • Liaison with other engineers and stakeholders on a day-to-day basis
  • Evaluate electrical systems, products, components, and applications by designing and conducting research programmes

Pros & Cons of a Career in Power Engineering

  • It is rewarding in terms of pay and perks
  • Power Engineers are always in demand
  • Power generation has a bright future everywhere
  • It can be a stressful job
  • The job can be hazardous
  • Need to look for alternative power sources
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